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Sultans of Swing - Acoustic guitar improvisation (Dire Straits cover)

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Uploaded on Feb 25, 2008

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- Just a short improvisation on acoustic guitar while "sultans of swing" live version plays on CD ... using finger picking...
Sorry for the poor quality of video... hope that the sound is better...
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- A great song, an incredible guitar playing by Mark Knopfler, with Dire Straits in 1977. Knopfler plays guitar not with a mediator on the right hand, but with his fingers, in a style called "finger picking". The two guitar solos of the studio's version of "Sultans Of Swing" are famous. For the critics, his guitar solo is one of the greatest guitar solo of rock music.

- Playing and improvising with the masterpiece "sultans of swing" is a great way to learn or improve scales, rythm, tempo, harmony, melody, improvisation (and so on...) while the CD plays... a very good exercise for brain and fingers...

For me, improvize on a song is an interesting way to understand the structure of the song, because you have to play notes depending on the structure of the chords.

I played it in "finger picking", and I think it's also interesting to use finger picking in order to play your solos or improvisations... I agree, it's easy to say and difficult to do, so if I like the song, it become funnier for me to work music and guitar!
In fact, far far far ... (you can add a lot of "far" )... away from Knopfler 's level, but the goal is also to have fun when playing guitar!

- I made an other improvisation with an electric guitar on "six blade knife" :
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_2Wp-...

- Sultans of swing : original version http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=lyh0dhC...

- Some great live versions of SOS :
- Live in 1978 ("Whistle test"): http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=_duNqDM...
- Live in 1984 ("Alchemy" album) : http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=yQoZmYU...
- live in 1992 ("On every street" tour):
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=7cKT6Kl...
- Live in 1996 ("Golden Heart" tour): http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=z2nQZPC...
- SOS Live in Paris, 2008 :
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=EGjG9By...
- Une petite "impro" à l'acoustique pendant que joue "sultans of swing" sur CD... une bonne et plaisante manière d'apprendre... sur une grande chanson et l'un des plus beaux "solo de guitare" du rock!

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